Are you able to find inner peace?
And are you able to keep this inner peace?
Brother Nouman Ali Khan responds to a question from the audience about this topic.
The questioner asked:
“Iman (faith) has different levels.
Is Iman related to peace?
Does peace have different levels?
Can one attain peace without Iman?
Or vice versa.
Can a person having low Iman attain peace?”
And Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan responded:
It’s actually a beautiful question.
Allah (SWT) describes in the ayah that I recited:
“… So which of the two parties has more right to security, if you should know?” (Qur’an, 6:81)
“They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.” (Qur’an, 6:82)
Allah (SWT) is saying, which of the two sides is more deserving of finding peace more?
In other words, there is such a thing as people finding peace once in a while in other than Islam.
But who deserves consistent, constant, life-long peace?
These are people who truly came to believe and did not violate the rights of their faith by doing bad things, by doing wrong things.
Buddhists can tell you that some of them can sit like four hours in meditation in one position and not move.
And you look at them and say “this guy is really peaceful, he’s calm down and finds a lot of peace in it…”
And there are people who do yoga and find peace in that too. Right?
And people sit in a sauna and find peace.
Some people listen to classical music and they find peace.
If you want to talk about somebody finding peace, they say I find peace in different things.
Somebody likes to sit up at the beach and just look at the ocean waves, and they find peace.
But that is just the calmness of emotions, temporarily.
When we say peace, it’s actually number one the opposite of fear; your concerns, your grievances, your negative emotions aren’t just taken away for a little while, you have a constant source of putting those things in perspective.
For a lot of practices of peace, you know what people do?
They like to forget their reality, other than Allah.
People like to forget their reality, so a lot of people find peace when they get drunk.
You know why?
Because when they are drunk, they can’t think, so they forget about their problems.
A lot of people find peace when they take drugs, because when they take drugs their mind is gone, so they don’t have to worry about their problems.
A lot of people find peace only by playing video games or watching movies, because when they are playing the video game and watching the movie they are not thinking about their own life, so it’s happy time.
As soon as it ends, “I don’t want to face reality again. Put the next movie on….”
Don’t miss this excellent reminder by brother Nouman Ali Khan if you are searching for inner peace.